flooding http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Forecasters Predict Lower Water Levels For Mississippi River Towns http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/forecasters-predict-lower-water-levels-mississippi-river-towns <p>Weather forecasters are predicting slow relief for Missouri and Illinois towns battling floods.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A number of towns situated along the Mississippi River have been dealing with rising waters over the past few days. The northeast Missouri town of Clarksville is experiencing its sixth flood in the past decade, while roads around Grafton, Illinois, are also under water.</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:21:15 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37917 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Forecasters Predict Lower Water Levels For Mississippi River Towns Rising Water Slows Mississippi River Navigation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rising-water-slows-mississippi-river-navigation <p>Flooding along the upper Mississippi River is affecting navigation, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.</p><p>"High river levels have forced us to close two of our locks and dams. Lock and Dam 24 and 25 are both closed right now," said Mike Peterson, chief of public affairs.<br /><br />"But there’s not a lot of river navigation going on along the upper river right now because upstream of us there is a whole lot of closed locks and dams."<br /><br />Flood crests on the Mississippi are expected over the next week, but Peterson is not expecting much higher levels.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:46:43 +0000 Wayne Pratt 37875 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rising Water Slows Mississippi River Navigation Rising Mississippi Prompts Sandbagging And Road Closures http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rising-mississippi-prompts-sandbagging-and-road-closures <p>Flooding on the Mississippi River continues to make its way south from Iowa, putting towns from Quincy to Grafton on alert.</p><p>With historic buildings, a post office and a dozen homes all in the path of the flood, Clarksville, Mo., 75 miles north of St. Louis, has more to lose than most.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:44:55 +0000 Camille Phillips 37817 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rising Mississippi Prompts Sandbagging And Road Closures Rising River Threatens Areas North Of St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rising-river-threatens-areas-north-st-louis <p>The National Weather Service is forecasting major flooding along stretches of the Mississippi River north of St. Louis early next week. <a href="http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/forecasts.php?wfo=lsx" target="_blank">A map on its site i</a>s regularly updated with river stages.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:43:48 +0000 Joseph Leahy 37764 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rising River Threatens Areas North Of St. Louis As Drought Turns To Flood, Farmers Get 'Weather Whiplash' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/drought-turns-flood-farmers-get-weather-whiplash As Chris Webber checked the 40 acres of muddy field he wanted to plant on a recent morning, he worried about getting more rain, even as he worried about the lack of it.<p>"The drought is over at the moment," he says. "But in Missouri, we tend to say that in 10 days or two weeks, we can be in a drought again. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 27320 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org As Drought Turns To Flood, Farmers Get 'Weather Whiplash' Nixon Tours Flood Damage, Discusses Aid With Local Officials http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-tours-flood-damage-discusses-aid-local-officials <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Jay Nixon received a briefing Friday on the flooding situation in West Alton, Mo. Although the small town is still battling floods, a big question now is how to cope with the cleanup costs.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Local officials stressed that the flooding is still at a critical stage, and that the Mississippi is still well over flood level.</span></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 20:29:13 +0000 Chris McDaniel 27175 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Tours Flood Damage, Discusses Aid With Local Officials Region Feels Economic Pinch Of Swollen Mississippi River http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/region-feels-economic-pinch-swollen-mississippi-river <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tourist towns up and down the Mississippi River are feeling the economic pinch of high water, w</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ith the swollen waterway overrunning main routes to popular destinations and traffic dwindling.</span></p><p>That’s bad news for places like Clarksville, Mo., which relies heavily on sales tax revenue. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 20:57:43 +0000 Tim Lloyd 27101 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Region Feels Economic Pinch Of Swollen Mississippi River Flooding Forces Evacuation In West Alton, Communities Fight Rising Waters Across The Region http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/flooding-forces-evacuation-west-alton-communities-fight-rising-waters-across-region <p><strong><em>Developing Story, will be updated</em></strong></p><p><em><strong>Updated at 10:35 a.m. Thursday, June 6:</strong></em></p><p>MSD says the Mississippi River has dropped enough to turn the pumps back on at Watkins Creek, ending the discharge of untreated wastewater into the river. The agency is asking that residents continue to avoid floodwaters in the area of the station, which is in the 11000 block of Riverview in Spanish Lake.</p><p><strong><em>Updated at 2:30 p.m. with information from MSD:</em></strong></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 21:19:51 +0000 Rachel Lippmann, Marshall Griffin, Tim Lloyd & Kelsey Proud 27020 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Flooding Forces Evacuation In West Alton, Communities Fight Rising Waters Across The Region Gov. Quinn Asks For Federal Help In Flood Recovery http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gov-quinn-asks-federal-help-flood-recovery <p><em>Reporting by Chris Slaby of WUIS.</em></p><p>Governor Pat Quinn<a href="http://www3.illinois.gov/PressReleases/ShowPressRelease.cfm?SubjectID=2&amp;RecNum=11168"> has asked</a> for federal help in the recovery after this spring’s flooding.</p><p>Quinn says the application is for 11 counties, mostly located in the northern part of the state.<br>He says with more than 3,000 homes affected in those counties alone, there’s more than enough evidence for the president to approve his request.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 20:03:07 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 26242 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gov. Quinn Asks For Federal Help In Flood Recovery No Relief For Swollen Rivers With Four Inches Of Rain Forecast For The Weekend http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/no-relief-swollen-rivers-four-inches-rain-forecast-weekend <p>A storm system that's dropping snow on the western half of the state will bring up to four inches of rain to the St. Louis area by Sunday.</p><p>But don't expect much in the way of flash flooding, says National Weather Service hydrologist&nbsp;Mark Fuchs.</p><p><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">"We're not necessarily expecting flash flooding in the classic sense - where you see a very quick rising water coming down the stream," </span>Fuchs<span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5"> said. "But with that being said, there will be some roads in poor drainage areas that could go underwater."</span></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 22:01:29 +0000 Chris McDaniel 26079 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org No Relief For Swollen Rivers With Four Inches Of Rain Forecast For The Weekend